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PRESS RELEASE

September 29, 2004

Frances Marine or MacKay Jimeson
(850) 245-0413

Hurricane Statewide Education Update
As of 11:00 a.m. EDT , September 29, 2004

TALLAHASSEE — In the aftermath of four hurricanes, classes have resumed in nearly 84% of Florida's school districts as of this morning. Due to Hurricane Jeanne, classes are cancelled in 8 school districts, campuses at five community colleges, and one state university campus. Two additional school districts, one community college, and one university are still closed and recovering from Hurricane Ivan.

Parents and students should monitor local news for the very latest information on school and campus re-openings. Below is a detailed list of closings for Wednesday, September 29 and re-opening dates announced so far:

K12 Public Schools

  • Schools in the following 10 counties are CLOSED Wednesday, September 29:
    • Brevard, Highlands, Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, Polk, and St. Lucie (recovering from Hurricane Jeanne)
    • Escambia and Santa Rosa (recovering from Hurricane Ivan)
  • Brevard, Highlands, and Palm Beach County schools hope to re-open Thursday, September 30
  • Indian River, Okeechobee, Polk County schools hope to re-open on Monday, October 4
  • Escambia and Santa Rosa county schools will re-open on Monday, October 11
  • Martin and St. Lucie county schools have not yet announced plans for re-opening

Community Colleges

  • CLOSED Wednesday, September 29 due to Hurricane Jeanne:
    • Brevard Community College Palm Bay Campus (all other campuses are open)
    • Indian River Community College
    • Palm Beach Community College Palm Beach Gardens Campus (all other campuses are open)
    • Polk Community College
    • South Florida Community College
  • Indian River CC (except for Mueller Campus), Palm Beach CC, Polk CC, and South Florida CC hope to re-open on Thursday, September 30, pending power restoration
  • Palm Bay Campus at Brevard CC and Mueller Campus at IRCC have not yet announced plans for re-opening
  • Still recovering from Hurricane Ivan and CLOSED, Wednesday, September 29:
    • Pensacola Junior College
      • Classes will resume Monday, October 4

State Universities

  • CLOSED Wednesday, September 29 due to Hurricane Jeanne:
    • UCF Palm Bay Campus
      • Plans to re-open Thursday, September 30
  • Still recovering from Hurricane Ivan and CLOSED, Wednesday, September 29:
    • UWF
      • Dorms will re-open Monday, October 4, with all classes resuming Tuesday, October 5

Interested in Helping?

State officials will continue to work closely with school districts, community colleges, and universities to assess needs and aid in recovery from Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne. Donations to help schools, community colleges, and universities recover from the 2004 Hurricane Season may be sent to:

  • The Florida Education Foundation
    325 West Gaines Street, 15th Floor,
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
    Attn: Diane McCain, Executive Director

  • Hurricane Relief Fund for the State of Florida
    1-800-FLHELP1 or visit www.volunteerfloridafoundation.org

A number of community colleges have also set up hurricane recovery funds. Donations may be sent to:

  • Brevard Community College Foundation, 1519 Clearlake Road, Cocoa, FL 32922
  • Central Florida Community College Foundation, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala, FL 34474
  • Edison College Hurricane Recovery Fund, Edison College Foundation, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33919 239/489-9210
  • Florida Association of Community Colleges, 816 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32301
  • Indian River Community College Foundation, 3209 Virginia Ave, Fort Pierce, FL 34981
  • Pensacola Junior College Foundation, 1000 College Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32504
  • Polk Community College Foundation, 999 Avenue H NE, Winter Haven, FL 33881-4299
  • SeminoleCommunity College Foundation, 100 Welton Boulevard, Sanford, FL 32773-6199
  • South Florida Community College Foundation, 600 West College Avenue, Avon Park, FL 33825-9399
  • St. Johns River Community College Foundation, 5001 St. Johns River, Palatka, FL 32177
  • Valencia Community College Foundation, P.O. Box 3028, Orlando, Fl 32808-3028

For more information on schools, community colleges, and universities, please visit: www.fldoe.org